ACT to blend theater, art at TMA readingWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Besides being the director of the upcoming “Edward Albee’s Occupant,” John DuVall is a docent at the Toledo Museum of Art (TMA).
It’s an occupation that made him aware of New York sculptor Louise Nevelson’s work and prepared him to direct a play about her.
“Her works are pretty impressive, especially their size,” DuVall said.
The concert reading, presented by Actors Collaborative Toledo, will be in the Little Theater at TMA 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. This event is free and open to the public.
The play follows Nevelson through public accomplishments and private conflicts, brought front and center by an unnamed interviewer after Nevelson’s death.
The concert reading includes Barbara Barkan as Louise Nevelson, who DuVall called “amazing.”
“There’s no one else in Toledo that I could imagine [playing Nevelson],” DuVall said. “Barbara is a strong force in herself. It was a natural. She really embodies Louise.”
The play also includes Heath Huber as The Interviewer.
Directing the play found DuVall researching the life of Nevelson. He said people are often familiar with her work without knowing it.
“I’m hoping to expose her name and have people appreciate her work,” he said.
DuVall has always been a fan of Albee’s work as well.
The production serves as a tribute to Nevelson, a strong woman role model in the art world. DuVall said he hopes men and women walk away with an appreciation for Nevelson.
“Part of the play, [Nevelson] talks about what it was like to be a woman exhibiting art in the ‘60s and ‘70s just to show the progress that women have made in art and that it’s okay to be a strong presence in any atmosphere,” DuVall said.
Audience members are encouraged to arrive early to view “Sky Presence I,” a sculpture by Nevelson, located in Museum Gallery 7. The Toledo Museum of Art is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursdays.